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Football Manager 2010 Tactics
Many of you, dear readers, have been asking about Football Manager 2010
tactics I use in my Leeds United story game. Well, today I share it with you!
Here the tactics of my Leeds in the Championship in the 2nd season in FM 2010:
First of all I would like to say that I love attacking tactics most of all! So the
formation looks truly attacking and dangerous:
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Search Strategies and touchline shouts
Don’t think that it’s enough to install this tactics to win all matches! Every new
Interesting in the Web opponent team demands attention and some changes of strategy, player
instructions and even formation I want to describe my most common match
scenario explaining what tactical changes I perform depending on match score
FM 2009 Story and opponent’s strength.
FM 2008 Stories Normally I start a match with Standard strategy. In very rare cases it can
Arsenal Counter Attack when playing away and opponent has better players.
Playing home match
Most often I do tactical changes if my team creates low amount of chances.
There are several tips from me:
1. Use touchline shout Look for Overlap – your players will start to perform
more quickly and move into channels more often. Wide players will receive
more passing options.
2. Set Attacking strategy.
3. If match referee is not strict with yellow and red cards, then it always
helpful to set Hassle Opponents and Get Stuck In. It will result in better
tackling and will help to throttle your opponent
4. If you have players with good Long Shots – set Shoot on Sight in case of
5. If you cannot penetrate opponent’s defence set Get Ball Forward. It will
increase tempo, passing length and pressure. More useful on large
6. Determine the weakest players in opponent’s formation. Flanks or middle?
Set Exploit The Flanks or Exploit The Middle depending on your analysis.
If you want to retain winning score against dangerous team follow the next
1. The most useful is Drop Deeper touchline shout. It helps often when you
need your defence play safer.
2. Set Retain Possession and Pass to Feet touchline shouts – more
accurate, less risking passing.
3. In the very end of any winning match Contain strategy may help much! If
you set this strategy Play Even Safer touchline shout becomes available.
You can use it as well.
Playing away match
Away matches are usually more complicated because opponent’s fans presence
help perceptibly. So there I use somewhat different tactical approaches. Let’s
imagine that my team scored a goal:
1. Set Counter Attack strategy + touchline shout Pass Into Space. It’s
absolutely the best counter attacking style I have ever seen in Football
Manager 2010! Very efficient if you have quick strikers (at least one)
2. Set Drop Deeper and Pass Into Feet. As a result you’ll get more accurate
performance for you team.
3. Change your formation by moving AMR to MR position and feel yourself
safer in defence!
In case if opponent team scored a goal and you start loosing a match follow
1. Use touchline shout Look for Overlap and Work Ball Into Box together.
Sometimes I see Arsenal styled combinations with these 2 touchline
shouts turned on.
2. Use Exploit The Flanks and Play Wider if your have good wingers.
3. Hassle Opponents and Get Stuck In – in case if match referee is not
harsh. Or in the very end of the match when result is more important than
yellow/red cards for your players.
4. In the match end you can set Attacking or even Overload strategy if you
need to equalize very much and ready to risk.
Players by position
It’s very important to get right players for concrete positions. If you select a
player (chosen to the main squad) in tactical screen of Football Manager 2010
you’ll see marked attributes that are most important for this position. This FM
2010 feature is really helpful and can even be enough to create a suitable
squad for any tactics.
My tactical approach include idea that GK should cover balls missed by 3 central
defenders. So due to sweeper keeper role Acceleration, Pace, Agility and
Rushing Out are additional important attributes for goalkeeper in this tactics
Central defender is the most important in this trio. He is the last defensive
instance before your goalkeeper. Set the best DC of your team to this position.
Remember that high Strength, Positioning, Jumping, Marking, Anticipation,
Decisions are very important for him.
DC role and duty
DLC and DRC role and duties:
Looking to the pictures above I think you should understand the difference
between DC and DRC/DLC in my FM10 tactics.
Hint due to asymmetric formation: You have to use the most quick defenders
on DRC and DC positions because DLC is supported by left midfielder in defence!
MLC and MRC
Left central and right central midfielders of my Football Manager 2010 tactics
perform classic role of Ball Winning Midfielder with the only individual
instruction change: Through balls is set to Often. It makes the more dangerous
Central attacking midfielder
4. He should be main creative mind in a team. He should be a playmaker who
doesn’t disdain to press opponent’s players and tackle a ball. Of course, mental
attributes are very important in this case. I would also advise to use player with
high dribbling and technique skills. That will allow to perform Run From Deep
So you need to be ready that central attacking midfielder will produce a lot of
dangerous, keen passes and run with the ball through the middle constantly.
Left wide midfielder
Now we come up to 2 positions that are asymmetric in my formation. I will try to
explain you why it can be efficient in two paragraphs.
Nevertheless Duty of left midfielder is Attack he can be seen as 4th defender
often. When opponent starts up new attack ML flattens himself to defensive
line. From the other hand during attacking move of your team left midfielder
supports it moving forward and trying to perform cross to Near Post. So
obviously ML must be a real good team worker with fine tackling, passing and
Right winger (inside forward)
Asymmetric position of right attacking winger is used only for attack. Player
possesses Inside Forward role and becomes 3rd forward during attack as a
result. Dangerous dribbling, lightning speed, good crossing, accurate shooting
are the main features of AMR. Please, pay attention to his crossing settings -
AMR aimed to cross the ball to the same position of left central forward as ML
Remember that in case if you need more strong defensive force at the right flank
you can always move AMR to MR position (but I advise you to use player with
better tackling and bravery attributes for that).
5. Very different combinations of forward types may be used in this Football
Manager 2010 tactics. But I insist right central striker has to perform Poacher
role. He should be quick, consistent finisher that moves into channels and tries
to beat offside line.
Left central forward receives the most of crosses from flanks (remember crossing
settings of ML and AMR?) so it’s great if you find a right player to be used as
Target Man or Complete Forward. I use Advanced Forward currently because I
have no good physically strong strikers with great heading skills in the squad.
But Dawid Janczyk shows great performance on this position anyway!
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Anonymous Says: 22 December 2009 10:11
heh.. first comment...
(and the verification word was "leedis" that has to be some kind of a
just wanted to say.. great post... although i don't use this tactics it will
be very useful for the touchline shouts...
Cal Says: 22 December 2009 10:40
Thnak i need this tactic cheers mate!!
Laxeyman Says: 22 December 2009 12:59
Good tactics vitaliy although a lot depends on how your ml plays it can
be a risky formation if the opposition has good wingers. It seems to be
working for u though.
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Tomek Says: 22 December 2009 18:05
Well, I don't like asymetric tactics :P Now I'm playing Belgium national
team with 4-4-2.
Anyway, it's important to say something about touchline instructions and
I'm glad you did it.
WROO10 Says: 22 December 2009 20:28
great post as usual from the best football manager blog there is.
TheZiggy Says: 22 December 2009 21:16
Very informative post, showing a well thought out and imaginative
formation. Your information about the touchline shouts is excellent, and
something I'd been struggling to fully comprehend. Some of it I'd
guessed, but it all makes a lot more sense to me now.
6. che Says: 22 December 2009 23:26
i think it will great with Argentinian national team.
Anonymous Says: 22 December 2009 23:30
i would like to use this post as an opportunity to praise the tactics
creator and the touchline shout options again... it really allows you to
create a wide spectrum of working, successful tactics easily... a huge
step up from FM 09 certainly!
Anonymous Says: 23 December 2009 09:31
How come you are using bradly johnson this season but you didnt last
FM Freak Kid Says: 23 December 2009 10:31
I actually think that the touchline shouts will be better if we include
shoots on sight.If the players refrain from shootings, there is no way we
gonna win the match.The more SOT we have, the better chance we have
to win the game.
Anonymous Says: 23 December 2009 16:30
I'm using a 3-5-2 tactic myself, but the player roles ive set are totally
different. I tried using this tactic, but I seem to be very vulnerable in
defense. Have you set any specific instructions to your central
defenders? In my own tactic ive set them to tight marking and man
marking, and it seems to make quite a difference.
Anonymous Says: 23 December 2009 22:41
WROO10 why dont you post something on your blog!!
Anonymous Says: 24 December 2009 08:30
Use the tactic..it was great mate, but there is one thing i concern. For
the first three match (win all the three matches of course) i was playing
with ten men (red carded) and almost half of my player being yellow
Try to set tackling to very cautious but still no effect.
Cal Says: 24 December 2009 10:39
Does this work on the 10.2 patch??
Rao Says: 24 December 2009 16:34
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Anonymous Says: 24 December 2009 19:29
hav u gud christmas vitaliy
Anonymous Says: 24 December 2009 19:40
sol campbell and bradley johnson for the championship ? thts poor
mate .. started my season in championship with leeds after winning
league one with 8-9 games left ;)
signings i made were :
Silviu Jung Jr - £500k
LIam Rosenior - Free
Mark Beevers - £2.5m
Jose Goncalves - Free
Michael Johnson - £2m
Jermaine Pennant - £500k
Freddy Adu !!!!! - £2.5m
7. Marc Crosas - £450k
Dawid Janczyk - £900k
Marlon Harewood - Free
John Fleck - Loan
Gael Kakuta - Loan
had to completely change my team in order to progress to premiership
however pre-season was hard with everyone trying to gel as a team !
delighted at the prospect of a Pennant, Johnson, Lallana/McGugan and
was thinking of changing from a 4-4-2 to a 3-1-4-1-2 :-D !
signed .. AllyBoyYaBammm !!
Anonymous Says: 24 December 2009 19:45
Pennant, Johnson, Lallana/McGugan, Adu midfield* ...
Gk - Sebastien Vieria
Sw - Jose Goncalves
Cb - Mark Beevers
Cb - Patrick Kisborbo
Rm - Jermaine Pennant
Cm - Lewis McGuan/Jonny Howson
Cm - Michael Johnson
Lm - Freddy Adu / Robert Snodgrass
Cam - Freddy Adu / Adam Lallana
St - Jermaine Beckford
St - Robert Lewandoski
probably my strongest team :-D !!
WROO10 Says: 24 December 2009 22:26
il have a post up tommorow or the next day. iv been busy football
training and buying presents.
relax andy.i dont see u taking the time to make a blog at all
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 25 December 2009 11:56
I better you would use Teves and Aguero as forwards and Messi as
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 25 December 2009 12:20
surely tactics works with 10.2 patch. I always use latest patch
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 25 December 2009 12:21
Bradly Johnson is very good trained actually. His attribute values have
been growing higher and higher since the very start of my game
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 25 December 2009 12:23
yes there is some vulnerability in defence. Therefore I advice to move
AMR to MR position when opposition has quick flamboyant wingers.
MR and ML will cover back areas of flanks
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 25 December 2009 12:27
I have a hint for you regarding yellow cards. I usually substitute a player
having yellow card just right after he got it. Though if it's happened
8. during the first half then I wait till half-time and set Normal or Easy style
of Tackling to that player
WROO10 Says: 25 December 2009 14:07
Thank you Vitaliy for your comment on my blog. I really appreciate it. i
think your blog is amazing and i have been following since your hull story
started. I would really appreciate any tips you have regarding any
changes i could make to improve it. I hope you will continue to comment
my blog in the future.
Good Luck, WROO10
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Anonymous Says: 26 December 2009 01:18
could somebody maybe recommend a team to start a new game with for
i'm looking for a very young and talented team...
i would very much appreciate any advice....
WROO10 Says: 26 December 2009 14:48
west ham have great young players. although i was given a transfer
budget of £0. great youth system though
Anonymous Says: 26 December 2009 15:32
thx WROO10, will have a look...
Laxeyman Says: 26 December 2009 15:38
Doing well with Leeds Vitaliy. Hope u had a good Christmas. Can u
please check out my blog and give me some tips. Would be greatly
WROO10 Says: 26 December 2009 15:46
New post on my blog. Check it out
Jack Says: 29 December 2009 03:41
Thank you very much! A good tactic that seems to be working well with
my leeds squad. I'm impressed with the touchline instructions you use.
Thanks and good luck!
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 30 December 2009 11:43
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 30 December 2009 11:45
I think your blog looks good for start. If you write constantly you will feel
what changes are needed for the blog
Anonymous Says: 4 January 2010 01:28
9. Amazing! Just what I was looking for: the meaning of touchline shouts. It
will help me a lot to understand the depth of this amazing game. And of
course: A Happy New Year and please continue writing!
Brian Says: 5 January 2010 00:04
Interesting that you use a basic tactic and rely on touchline shouts.
Seems you have embraced the spirit of FM 2010 more than I have. I
initially migrated my 2009 tactics into 2010 and continue to use my 3
primary tactics from 2009 in pure slider form. I've created a couple of
tactics with the 2010 creator, but only use them sparingly. Rather than
change the formation settings on the fly, I'll switch to a different tactic.
I guess I'm still a little uncomfortable with the minimal settings of the
creator. I really dislike using the settings for pressing and tackling. I like
my forward players to press more and tackle harder, but prefer my
deeper players to play more zonally. The 3-way settings don't seem to
account for this. Yes I realize I can override it with a player setting, but
doing so minimizes the ability to change things on the fly. Perhaps I
need to do a bit more reading on the specific effects of each setting. I'm
still trying to break myself of TT&F dogma that has served so well. I
would certainly find it useful to be able to change the passing settings of
an entire formation without modifying 10 sliders. As it is now, I need one
formation for a dry pitch and quite another for a rainy day.
jamie chamber Says: 6 January 2010 17:54
If u become leeds play 3-4-3 and sign marlon harewood (975k) heri
camara (free) and cristian vieri (free) hare wood and camara hav 2
hatricks in eight games and vieri scored loads aswell harewood (8 apps
7 goals ) camara (8 apps 8 goals)
Garry Says: 8 January 2010 07:46
I needed this cause i cant seem to figure out tctics in this game. i would
have prefered a 4-3-3 formation though. i manage arsenal
Anonymous Says: 12 January 2010 18:27
just wanna ask could you blog another tactics for fm 10
Anonymous Says: 13 January 2010 21:42
Nice !! I won the treble in my first season with Spurs using these
tactics!! I only lost one game in all competitions !!
Jay Man Chester Says: 15 January 2010 22:25
hi im currently managing manchesterunited after there previos manager
got sacked i was struggling to find a formatrion and some good
instructions im currently playing 4dc 3mc 2ac 1 str
and i can honestly say this tactic and intrustions kick butt.
i just need to bring in a few more players and maybe il win the prem
im in 2020 :)
Anonymous Says: 17 January 2010 19:32
i bought liam roenoir for noriwch on a free, sold him 6 months later fpor
£7 million to roma!!!
carl Says: 21 January 2010 13:00
trying this tactic with birmingham at the mo seems ok when playing
against teams of around the same standard but im seeming to concede
after 70 mins and im using all the touchline shouts you recommend any
ideas to stop this? plus i am only getting beat by 1 goal agaisnt all the
top sides as well so not all bad. cheers.
10. Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 22 January 2010 08:14
try to set 3-5-2 (moving AMR to MR position) after 70th minute. Then you
can either turn on counter attacks or try to retain possession
Legacy Says: 15 March 2010 16:02
ur tactic is working good with my ajax in eredivise. i have some problems
edward Says: 12 April 2010 17:41
been using your 3-5-2 tactic with southampton
got them to the playoffs and promoted in first season from Div 1
in the Championship they seem to struggle more hence im in 16th, not
sure if this is due to having no budget to buy players which must be
having an effect.
Any advice much appreciated
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 17 April 2010 09:05
Be more careful in choice of new players for these tactics.
Don't forget to pull down AMR to MR position of opponent's left winger is
Try quick tempo instead of slow.
martincarr Says: 28 April 2010 04:08
hey dude!! i've followed you for yonks now, just wondering, do you still
use this formation most of the time? i see you posted that in december,
just wondering if you are still doing good with it?
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 28 April 2010 08:19
yes, matters are really good with this formation. I'm still using it and not
going to change. I'm convinced it will help me to win all the tournaments
in the end. I feel this!!!
martincarr Says: 28 April 2010 15:30
wicked thanks! i'm going to give it a go, keep up the good work :D
brottor Says: 8 May 2010 21:09
Hiya.i've been playing fm long time,what's touchline shouts?? where i
can find it???
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 10 May 2010 12:28
Touchline shouts are available only during match. In pitch view mode you
can see the button which allows to set these shouts in the top of the
muratyigit Says: 17 May 2010 02:43
your old tactic with hull was great..i am from turkey and i won champions
league with the team göztepe which is from the third league..and also
won the premier league with a conference team..it was a great tactic
why did you change it? why didnt you try to improve it? Thank you for
11. Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 18 May 2010 22:23
Just because I like to create tactics from the very beginning. It's pretty
boring for me to use the same tactics, same team, same players and so
tim_gies Says: 31 May 2010 21:17
I used thid in my first season woth Leeds, but I lost my first friendly
match to Millwall with 3-0, then Leeds - Bury 1-0. Did you use this tactics
in your first season??
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 2 June 2010 08:10
not really. I used 3-5-2. It was almost the same just AMR was moved to
joca Says: 5 June 2010 19:33
i think this game sucks.
i liked fm until i try this one
ambhu Says: 1 July 2010 09:55
hi i am just in my first season managing chelsea...most of the players are
unhappy with the managerial discipline..recently 3 players got red cards
and were banned for 2 matches.. what should i do to improve this
situation ...waiting for your reply...
Vitaliy Mokosiy Says: 3 July 2010 12:07
Try to use these FM10 tips and hints. I am pretty sure they will help in
afzaaltofali Says: 8 July 2010 23:05
dude, i am nottingham forest and i am struggling to get good results, i
can manage to get 2-1 always having a goal differencce of 1 every
gro45678 Says: 16 August 2010 03:04
Thanks man, this is the best tactic I've been using on my Man City team.
I did a little modification by placing the inside forward position to the left
side so i can utilize Robinho pace and skill more.
muratyigit Says: 21 August 2010 05:40
I love the tactic 4 4 2..I believe it is the best tactic ever..but i cant do it in
the game..if you do one and upload it I will be appreciated.
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